Burrows's delta for authorship attribution of Russian literary texts

Nikita Mamaev, Xenia Piotrowska, Mikhail Marusenko, Andrey Ronzhin

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The intertextual distance measure proposed by J. Burrows (Burrows's Delta and its variants) and its application to authorship attribution of some novels in Russian are under discussion. The research aim is to test classic (Burrows's) Delta and Eder's Delta, which implemented in stylo package for computational text analysis developed for the R software environment. The novels “Twelve Chairs” and “Golden Calf”, officially attributed to Soviet writers I. Ilf and E. Petrov, are the research material.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017
Event2nd International Conference R. Piotrowski's Readings in Language Engineering and Applied Linguistics, PR_LEAL 2017 - Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 27 Nov 2017 → …

Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)


  • Authorship attribution
  • Burrows's Delta
  • Cosine Delta
  • Eder's Delta
  • Intertextual distance
  • Quantitative analysis


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